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An Innocent Gentleman

An Innocent Gentleman by Elizabeth Jolley
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'One of the most extraordinary writers of her generation' The Age Henry and Muriel Bell lead a peaceful lifewith their two small daughters in England on the cusp of the Second World War. When Muriel'sMr Hawthorne drops by unexpectedly one Sunday aftrnoon, the visit precipitatessurprising turmoil in the smallhousehold. A man of respectable breeding and refined conversation, Mr H. has something to offer both Henry and Muriel, but his posting to London at the outbreak of war disturbs the suddenly delicate balance of personal affairs in the family. In this, her last novel, Elizabeth Jolley explores issues of innocence and guilt, passion and possession, while carefully exposing the social mores of the time in restrained and sensuous prose.
Penguin Books Ltd; August 2009
258 pages; ISBN 9780857965400
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Title: An Innocent Gentleman
Author: Elizabeth Jolley
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